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#1 Mr Chivs

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

What is the general consensus for cyclists who use the normal roads at night without any lights?

 

Do people feel that perhaps they should receive on the spot fines or even have their bicycles confiscated until they buy lights?

 

Should road bikes be fitted with lights at the time of purchase be made compulsory?

 

I see so many out and about these days "accidents waiting to happen". The other night so guy had no lights on, was cycling no handed making a call on his mobile with dark clothing. - i mean wtf!  



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:53 AM

What is the general consensus for cyclists who use the normal roads at night without any lights?

 

Do people feel that perhaps they should receive on the spot fines or even have their bicycles confiscated until they buy lights?

 

Should road bikes be fitted with lights at the time of purchase be made compulsory?

 

I see so many out and about these days "accidents waiting to happen". The other night so guy had no lights on, was cycling no handed making a call on his mobile with dark clothing. - i mean wtf!  

 

 

I would say that the general consenus for people who ride their bikes at night with no lights is................................THEY ARE COMPLETELY STUPID AND THEY ARE AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:32 AM

I think that cyclists are completely under regulated and controlled, largely because they are completely unidentifiable and have no licencing, they do not believe they are road users in the same way that vehicle drivers do and seem to have an overall view, perhaps with some justification, that the presumption of responsibility for any accident lies with the motorist.  



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:33 AM

If I see someone on a bike, with lights, I stop them, to find out where they nicked it from!.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:27 AM

Several years ago I almost hit a cyclist at night in an unlit country rd. I stopped to tell him he is not visible - he (man not boy) told me where to go quite bluntly - wonder if he is alive today?



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

If I see someone on a bike, with lights, I stop them, to find out where they nicked it from!.

 

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#7 Ernest Marsh civilian

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:00 PM

I am a cyclist and motorist, and I hope act responsibly whichever means I use.

I see no excuse for not having lights - they are cheap to buy, and the batteries now last ages.

 

I travel at night, along a busy trunk road with a separate foot/cycle path, but still have several front and rear lamps to ensure I can be seen, and where I am going (no street lighting!).

 

When driving, I will always remonstrate with any cyclist who does not have lights if it is safe to do so - and once pursued a young rider who very nearly rode headlong into my car between two rows of park vehicles to ask why he not only had no lights, but was riding like a lunatic.

 

I think the idea of confiscating the bike is a good one, although might be impracticable these days!



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:37 PM

Only ever issue FPN for it when it's an offender we are targeting. They never pay the fines and get time instead.




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